Help Your ESL Students Find Success and Confidence With These 4 Tips


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Finding ways to support students, whether it’s in writing or other academic needs, is a passion of mine. Therefore, when I had ESL students in my classroom, it was my goal to help them grow, learn, and develop academically and in the English language. 

In last week’s episode, episode 110, I shared writing strategies that support ESL students, so be sure to take a listen if you haven’t already. On the podcast today, I’m sharing 4 additional tips that will help your ESL students find success in your classroom.

When having students in your classroom who need additional support, it’s important that each support helps them grow academically, in the language, and provide simple action steps. These 4 tips are simple, yet effective for your ESL students, or really, any student needing additional support pertaining to literacy. My 4 tips are:

  1. Allow and welcome more think/wait time
  2. Provide oral response stems or rephrase student statements
  3. Use visuals and icons
  4. Read aloud to students

While I was in the classroom and teaching ESL students, my number one goal was building confidence and allowing them to feel a part of our classroom, even if the language is hard for them. By utilizing these tips, you will see how it positively enhances the transition of your students, while developing their comprehension of the language.

In this episode on helping your ESL students find success, I share:
  • 4 tips to support your ESL students
  • Why allowing wait time helps students go through the different processes to formulate an answer
  • The many benefits of using visuals in your classroom, no matter what grade level
  • How read alouds are the most beneficial thing you can do in your classroom
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Do you find yourself seeking new ideas when it comes to literacy instruction in elementary classrooms? The Literacy Dive Podcast was created to offer actionable steps and to share information for teachers, like you, who are always looking to improve their craft! ELA is our jam and we are excited to dive into all things reading and writing with you!

Your host, Megan Polk, is the creator and owner behind The Literacy Dive and loves to support students and their teachers with curriculum, literacy instruction, best practices, and engaging literacy activities.

Dive in with us every Monday for a new episode from Megan! She, and her guests, will chat about various literacy topics and will bring you tips and tricks that can easily be implemented in your classrooms. You can tune in wherever you get your podcasts! Listen to The Literacy Dive Podcast on platforms like AppleSpotifyStitcherGoogle, and more!

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Hey, I'm Megan!

I am a literacy specialist and curriculum designer who loves sharing tips and ideas to help students thrive in literacy! It brings me joy to await those a-ha moments and to see light bulbs turn on!

I have a huge passion for reading and writing and love to co-mingle the two any chance I get! You can expect to learn new strategies and ways to keep your students engaged during your literacy block! I am so glad you’re here!

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